Multidisciplinary design firm Page announced this week it would acquire New York–based architecture firm Davis Brody Bond. In a statement shared about the merger Thomas McCarthy, CEO of Page, said the firm had been looking to grow in New York City. This change is already reflected on the website of Davis Brody Bond.
“Bringing Davis Brody Bond into the Page family is a significant step for our firm,” McCarthy said. “For several years, we’ve been thoughtfully assessing the best way to extend our presence into New York City, and given our past collaboration with Davis Brody Bond, we knew the firm shared our design ethos and client-first approach. We both understand the intricacies of designing complex projects that exceed our clients’ expectations.”
Page and Davis Brody Bond have previously worked together, setting a precedent for forthcoming collaborations. Among these are the U.S. Embassy in The Republic of Kosovo, in which Davis Brody Bond served as design architect and Page as architect of record; and the U.S. Embassy Compound in Jakarta, Indonesia.
“By teaming with Page, we’re creating a critical mass with the resources to continue as thought leaders in this complex, changing time,” Steven M. Davis, partner at Davis Brody Bond, shared in a statement.
Page’s robust project portfolio shows the firm’s breadth. Beginning from a two-person partnership in 1898, the firm has grown to today employ a staff of over 1,400 people who work from 21 offices worldwide, from Albany to Albuquerque, Denver to Dubai. The office has completed work in sectors including aviation, civic, government, healthcare, education, hospitality, multifamily residential, office, retail/mixed use, and science and technology projects. It recently completed a neighborhood center in Houston, among other notable projects.
While a much smaller firm in size, Davis Brody Bond has nonetheless made its mark, particularly in New York City, where it gained footing working on public housing projects in the 1960s. The firm was founded by Lewis Davis and Samuel Brody before merging with Bond Ryder and Associates in 1990; J. Max Bond became the third named partner of the new company. Among the firm’s more recent and culturally significant commissions are its work as executive architect for REX’s Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center site and Studio Gang’s Gilder Center at the American Museum of Natural History. Additionally, the firm recently completed a building with Kieran Timberlake for NYU and served as design architect for National September 11 Memorial Museum. The firm was also a key part of Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup, a collaborative design consortium which designed the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
As part of the acquisition all Davis Brody Bond staff will be retained, and current partners Steven Davis, Will Paxson, Carl Krebs, and Christopher Grabé will become principals at Page, as will associate partner Mark Wagner.